Photo by Samuel Ubani of Lagos, Nigeria

So as of this writing, the pandemic is receding… vaccinations are happening, and cities are opening back up. And if your city is anything like mine, it has a story that it’s still trying to reckon with. Part of that reckoning, however, is trying to find the right balance between acknowledging the local and national history of injustice that led to weeks and months of protests with trying to lure consumers back to their pre-pandemic habits of spending.

And so, it’s probably going to occur to some enterprising store owner or manager that — hey, we could probably kill two…

Prince Harry’s comments about the royals and the tabloids reveal a lot about the nature of symbiotic relationships.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, sharing their story with Oprah Winfrey

So even though I don’t generally have much emotionally invested in the royal family or whatnot, I — like many of you — found Oprah’s interview with Meghan and Harry to be quite riveting.

Which surprised me, because the broad outlines of the story are, to me, not particularly surprising. If there’s one story I keep seeing played out over and over in the last decade or so, it’s Traditional White Institution Tries to Welcome Token Person of Color and Fails Badly. I wouldn’t be shocked if news reporters kept a basic template for these stories and just changed the…

“This dude needs to be canceled,” said I wish no one.

“This is cancel culture run amok!” said nobody ever again, if I had my druthers.

Folks, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but time’s up on “cancel” in all its forms. It’s got to stop. I’m not usually one to ban words and phrases, but if that’s what it’ll take to get people to stop using the term, then I say everyone better beef up their find & replace hotkeys in Word, because “cancel” has got to go. I’m not saying it’s the new n-word or…

With the intentional feedback of qualified Black creators, the film was a success. Without it, it would’ve been a hot mess.

So, let me get this out of the way early. For me, Pixar’s “Soul” is a triumph of animated filmmaking.

I loved, loved, loved this film.

And coming from me, that says a lot. I’m not a universal fan of Pixar in the way that a lot of people in my age bracket are, mostly because the fact that I don’t have children means I’m not subjected to rewatching Pixar movies over and over. I’m sure that if, like a lot of my contemporaries, I’d spent the last two decades raising several young ones, I’d have memorized some of the…

“The Day Shall Come” confuses objectivity with obfuscation.

Marchánt Davis as Moses Al Shabazz in “The Day Shall Come” (2019).

When it’s effective, say it. When it’s not, don’t.

Now, here’s the thing.

Before I get into the teeth of this, it’s important to stop and take a look back. Regardless of where you stand on “defund the police” versus either “abolish the police” (even further to the left) or “reform the police,” (the more centrist alternative) we would be remiss if we lost sight of the progress that has already been made on this front. This argument is sort of the rhetorical equivalent of the proprietary salesman who says, “So Hal, can I pencil you in for one shipment, or three?” In at least half of the country…

Be sure to define your boundaries in your fight for justice, or you might achieve your goals — but at what cost?

Clockwise, left to right: Kyle Rittenhouse (Kenosha shooter), Alan Swinney (paintball shooting Trump supporter), Michael Reinoehl (Antifa shooter), protest scene in Portland after Molotov cocktails thrown

I love a good story. In my entertainment choices, I tend to love large, sprawling, epic tales, full of revenge, betrayal, and mystery… especially ones that take their time. Movies are usually too short for these kinds of stories, I’m talking about either TV series, or video games. The best of both usually have relatable characters whose subtle nuances emerge, bit by bit, as their choices veer into more and more chaos and destruction. Eventually, there’s a point where it all comes cascading down in a swift cascade of reckoning. …

Conservatives, Stop Quoting the BLM Platform Out of Context.

“Baby in gray and black onesie lying on bed” by Abiodun Lucy

Okay so real quick, I need to just sort out one quick thing.

In my role as a bridge-building person, I’ve been seeing this question or challenge pop up more and more frequently by white and/or conservative people who have issue with Black Lives Matter. It’s usually on social media or in comment sections, where I don’t usually the bandwidth to respond individually, so most recently I’ve resorted to sending people links to my latest hip-hop rebuttal and moving on. …

I made this story up, but it doesn’t matter. The issues are different but the problem is the same.

Okay folks.

You wanna make the world of social media a better place? Here’s one thing you can do today that can help bridge the cultural divide:

Stop sharing memes about news stories that “nobody is talking about,” or that “the media wants to ignore.”

You know the kind of meme I’m talking about. I’ve seen conservatives do this, and I’ve seen liberals do it. I’ve seen it said about things that are conspiracy theories that rightfully should never see the light of day, and I’ve seen it said about stories that are clearly are a part of the news…

Right now, when it comes to racial issues, white people, y’all need to learn this… desperately.

A crowd of white people in attendance to see conservative worship leader Sean Feucht in Portland.

So… Portland, Oregon is my hometown, for better or worse.

More specifically, it’s a place that, for a few weeks anyway, was the national epicenter of protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and decrying the Trump administration. I was so enthralled and concerned about this confluence that I wrote a song about it.

Sean Feucht, however, is not from Portland.

He’s a worship artist from Bethel Church, a nondenominational charismatic pentecostal megachurch in Redding, California. Bethel has become noteworthy in part because of its popular worship ministry Bethel Music and its worship band / record label Jesus Culture. Like…

Jelani Greenidge

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